- Associated Press - Saturday, March 7, 2015

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A 22-year-old Omaha man accused of severely beating two cats - one of which died - has been charged with a felony count of animal cruelty.

Nathaniel Gilreath was arrested early Friday morning on a warrant charging him with the count.

The Nebraska Humane Society says that on Feb. 12, it seized a cat after someone reported the animal had been beaten by Gilreath. A veterinarian determined that the cat had a broken jaw and chipped teeth and that it was thin and dehydrated, likely because its injuries made eating and drinking difficult.

The Humane Society said its investigation also showed Gilreath beat another cat that died of its injuries about a month ago.

If convicted, Gilreath could be sentenced to up to five years in prison.

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